Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mason City Homecoming 2014

      I've just returned home from a fun weekend with family. Lots of pictures in this post!

      My first stop was mom's in St. Paul. Her garden is a profusion of yellow and purple right now!

 So pretty.
These were the only photos I took of her garden because she put me to work baking for the farmer's market the next day.

I made a double batch of rhubarb streusal muffins with rhubarb fresh from the garden, a pan of scotcharoos and cinnamon rolls. Did I mention that it was probably close to 100 degrees outside? I was sweating, not only because of the heat but because I hadn't made cinnamon rolls in AGES! I was a little nervous but they turned out ok and were sold at the farmer's market. Yes!

Next, we drove over to Mason City to meet Aunt Loretta and help set up the quilt show in Sunshine Library.

I hammered nails in the bookshelves and mom strung some wire. Loretta had cut lengths of ribbon to make loops that we then hung over the wire and pinned to the quilts.

It was a hot job! The library was quite toasty so we tried to finish as quickly as possible!

I think our little quilt show was a success. We had about 30 quilts and a couple crochet items on display for the homecoming celebration.

Saturday was when we attended the homecoming festivities.
There was a small classic car show.

Turtle races and the pedal pull.

The quilt show in Sunshine Library.

Mom and I watching the quilt show visitors from the sidewalk. At least there was a breeze outside!

If you ever travel Highway 2 in central Nebraska, you have to stop at The French Table! It's located right on Main Street in Mason City in a beautifully renovated 1907 church building. You will find fine art, antiques and the awesome owner, Lisa Moody. Such a treat in small town Nebraska! We stopped in to check out the new business and cool off.

Saturday evening, I helped with the cake walk, so I didn't get any more pics. We did have a nice get together with food and birthday cake in Uncle Charles' barn though. I enjoyed sitting in on my Uncles car talk!

Festivities continued on Sunday with a worship service in the park, a children's play and an alumni banquet. 
My favorite part of the worship service was accompanying my relatives on the song Sanctuary. Oh, and the children's bell choir was just the cutest thing!
Here's a few more photos from Sunday.

Main Street

This advertisement drop used to hang in the Mason City Opera House. It now hangs in the community building. I think it's interesting that this business advertises furniture, rugs and undertaking!!


This is my Aunt Phyllis's barn with a fresh coat of paint. I love the Z for Zimmer! 

I had a great time at homecoming. I didn't even get to all the activities going on. I'm so glad that the people in Mason are trying to keep the tradition going. I hope to make it again next year!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WIP Wednesday

     Happy Wednesday! I was going through some photos and found this one of a baby hat I knit awhile back for my sister's sister in law.

I used a pattern from the book Itty Bitty Hats. I added the scallop design for fun and crocheted the flower. I had to make several flowers because I sorta forgot how to make them! 

Here's what I'm working on this week.

 I'm taking a little break from my dad's wall hanging because suddenly the other night I had to figure out how to make a herringbone quilt. I saw one at the quilt show and then I must have seen one on pinterest or something. I chose two fabrics from my stash and started making half square triangles the fast way, eight at a time. 

I've trimmed sooo many half square triangles. It's so tedious! 
I was saying to myself, "just keep trimming, just keep trimming!"

All the trimming is worth it though because now my blocks are going together so nicely!

I hope I can stay motivated to finish this up.

The other morning, I just happened to catch a quilting show on tv. The woman was showing how to make hexagons from a circle of fabric. She said it was the old fashioned way of doing it. I had to try it!

I cut out some circles and started sewing.

Now I can't stop making them! 

I've got a little stack of these started. Any ideas about what I should make? I'm thinking something small like maybe a pillow. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

     This story begins many years ago with a quilt I made for my sister, Melissa. I had to get this picture from Flickr because I didn't have a blog when I made this quilt and who knows where the picture file is now! 
     Flickr says this photo is from five years ago but I'm thinking it's probably been closer to seven when I actually finished the quilt. All I know is, time flies!

I remember my sister and I shopped for this Amy Butler fabric at the Material Girl quilt shop in Grand Island.
I still love that eyelash fabric and the big fun florals!

Here's the pieced back. Some of those fabrics had lots of brown in them and just didn't work with the front so I put them on the back.

Oh my old apartment! You can see my quilt frame there. I spent a lot of time hand quilting this with wavy lines. I must have finished around Christmas time because I see some angel decorations out. Haha!

Summer seems to be the time I work on my scrap boxes. When I came across the scraps from this quilt a few weeks back, I texted my sister and said "aww look what I found!"
She asked if I had enough for a pillow. This is what I came up with!

I wanted to try curved seams and I talked about that adventure here. There are so many placement options when it comes to this type of block. I tried a bunch of different arrangements but settled on this shell design.

The pillow top measures 20" square. I decided to hand quilt it which was nice to do. I haven't hand quilted for awhile and this was a small project so it didn't seem like it was going to take forever to finish!

I found this fabric for the back at JoAnn. Don't the colors and design match just perfectly? I love it when that happens. 

It feels good to have used up some more scraps. Now I need to get this in the mail!

Monday, July 21, 2014

What's Blooming in the Yard

     The garden by the garage is my favorite spot right now. It's in the third year of growing here and it's finally filling in. It also gets the best sun so the flowers grow well.

                  Here's what's blooming!

Good 'ol coneflowers. I like them because they always bloom and don't need any special treatment.

I've spotted two praying mantis in the coneflower patch. What a fun bug to watch!

I'm pretty sure this is a weed but the blue flowers are interesting up close.

I planted some California poppy seeds in the spring and some of them actually survived all the spring rain. I just love these and I hope they re-seed themselves.

I planted dahlias for the first time and WOW these are beautiful! 

Last summer, I transplanted a tiny daylily from the back to the front because it looked like it wasn't going to make it.

Now look at it! I was thinking it was going to be one of those plain orange ones that grow everywhere. What a surprise that it has these huge yellow flowers! 

These moss roses have been so pretty.

I like how they are multicolored.

So that's the garage garden right now! My garden still looks so sparse compared to my mom's garden. She has flowers blooming everwhere! I have to remember that gardening takes time and patience. Mine will get there eventually!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Adventures in a Red Ford Fiesta

So Thursday turned out to be one crazy busy day! My cousin Kathy, who I've talked about here, let me know that she would be home for a few days. I jumped at the chance to have a nice visit with Aunts and my mom!
Arrangements were made for us to have lunch at The House of Memories in St. Paul, Ne. I rented a red Ford Fiesta to drive there because my car is having a radiator issue right now.
The Fiesta is smaller than my car so I was a little nervous about taking it on the interstate. Turns out it's a fun car to drive. I thought so anyway, until I was almost pushed off the interstate by a semi! Yikes that was scary!! Thankfully, nothing bad happened. The trucker saw me (after I was already driving on the shoulder!) and pulled back into his lane. I floored it and zipped that red Fiesta around the truck! Whew!
 I made my way to St. Paul without any other mishaps. I pulled up to the House of Memories and there was my family standing on the porch! 

The entry has a beautiful staircase and chandelier. 

The lunch menu that day included chicken tetrazzini or taco salad with a yummy apple cake a la mode for dessert. 

Above our table was this chandelier. This place has some serious florals going on. Even the ceiling is wallpapered!

Here we are after lunch. I love hanging out with these people!

The house of memories is also a gift shop, so we looked around upstairs to see what kinds of gifts were for sale.

I guess I didn't take pictures in the rooms but there were many things for sale including home decor, baby things, kitchen towels and potholders, scarves and jewelry. A little something for everybody! 
I really enjoyed chatting and looking around in this neat old house!

After we purchased our goodies, we decided to go drink some wine..

Next stop, Miletta Vista Winery! It's located just outside of St. Paul.

We enjoyed a couple different red wines and took in the view.

What a lovely afternoon! 
But the day wasn't over yet..
Mom and I said our goodbyes, made a quick stop at her house and hopped back in the car to drive back to Lincoln.
I had to snap a couple pics of Betty's Garden first, of course! So pretty!

The trip back to Lincoln took longer than expected because of an accident on the interstate. The single file line of cars stretched on for miles. The Fiesta and I inched along. Mom had driven her own car, so I called to see if she was stuck in the slow lane too. Yep. I saw two different beat up cars on the side of the road, both having the sticker that stated "Rusty but Trusty." Haha! Those cars are probably only trusty if there is air moving across the radiator. Which made me thankful that I had rented the red Fiesta instead of driving my car. I would have been on the side of the road too!
 Eventually, meaning at least 30 minutes later, we were directed off the interstate. I decided to take a gravel road to try to get back home. Wouldn't you know it, two deer ran out right in front of me. Ack!!! Luckily, we all avoided each other. 
After several phone calls and finding the interstate again, we made it back to Lincoln just in time to see my brother Chris and his fiance, Jenny, play a show at the Zoo Bar.

Chris played a solo set and Jenny played with her band, GloWorm.

After this photo, my camera died. And I was pooped! But, I'm so glad we made it in time to see them play! It was a great ending to a fun day. If you ever get the chance, check out some of these businesses in Nebraska. You might even want to drive a red Ford Fiesta!